Black Box New Play Festival Submissions

Black Box Submission Guidelines 2025

Gallery Players is seeking plays for its 28th Annual Black Box New Play Festival to be held in January/February 2025 (dates TBD). Each play selected will be given a black box production with non-Equity actors. Playwrights must be available, if not in person, via Zoom or some other virtual venue for some rehearsals and use this as an opportunity to continue work on their play.

NOTE the received by date. Mail your submissions accordingly.

Submission guidelines:

  • Plays must be un-produced (readings are OK); must be the play’s world premiere.
  • Length of play: 30-60 minutes. Plays must have at least four (4) or more characters. No monologues. No period costume pieces.
  • Format: pages must be numbered; a cover page with title of the play and playwright’s contact information is required, along with a page that gives a plot synopsis of the play and a character breakdown.
  • You may submit no more than two (2) plays
  • Playwrights cannot direct their own work

Send two copies of your play(s), along with your playwriting resume, to:

Gallery Players
Black Box New Play Festival
199 14th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

We will only contact you if your play has been accepted into the festival. If you want confirmation that your mailing was received, please include a self-addressed stamped return postcard.

We do not accept email submissions.

We do not return scripts. Any scripts not chosen for the festival will be destroyed to protect the copyright.

All questions related to the Black Box New Play Festival should be sent to